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Coach Course Starts Friday

A USPA coach rating course begins Friday, April 30, at 6 p.m. at Atlanta Skydiving Center. The three-day course is being taught by USPA Coach Course Director Mark Kalupa. This course was originally slated to be held in Pell City, but has been moved to Cedartown. There is still time to register for the three-day course. Contact Lisa at the ASC manifest office (770-684-3483) to register for the $100 course. Materials should be ordered directly from the USPA. All candidates must have their coach proficiency cards filled out and must help teach two 1st jump classes before the course. Those skydivers who earn a USPA coach rating are able to help Atlanta Skydiving Center's AFF graduates attain their A License, while improving their overall flying skills. And those coaches may be able start with some of last week's ASC AFF program graduates, including Sheena Brunner, David Chose, Craig Duck and Scott Shell. Welcome to the world of skydiving!

It was an absolutely beautiful week at ASC! The Breakfast Club of Canopy Piloting held its weekly meeting from 4,000 feet on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. Local swoopers honed their swooping skills. And Saturday was absolutely the perfect skydiving day. ASC was rockin'! Cloudy skies and afternoon rain slowed our jumping on Sunday, but we still managed 10 Twin Otter loads before the rain dumped on Cedartown. 4-way team Kinesis was training on Sunday and it was great to see Charlie Cummins getting back into the air on Sunday after taking much of the winter off.

ASC 4-way formation skydiving teams made a good showing at the first Georgia Skydiving League meet of the season last weekend. Congratulations to Inviscid for its first-place finish in the Open Class. Kinesis finished second in the Open Class, 3 points behind Inviscid. ASC intermediate team Intrepid did well in the Intermediate Class. The next Georgia Skydiving League meet is scheduled for Saturday, May 29, at Atlanta Skydiving Center. Pickup teams are encouraged as free coaching/organizing is available for all participants. Contact Mike Gruwell of Kinesis for more information at 770-684-9910.

The Kinetic Energy 8-way teams will be training at ASC this Saturday. Doug Glover currently has two full teams, but is trying to put together more.

If you are interested in joining the Kinetic Energy 8-way or 16-way teams slated to compete at Nationals this year, talk to Doug on Saturday. The teams train the first Saturday of every month at ASC.

"Rigger in training" Kevin Kaminski (and Master Rigger Mike Gruwell) registered three saves last weekend. Jesse Watson and Turner Drake cutaway from malfunctioning tandem canopies at Atlanta Skydiving Center on Saturday while Mark Kalupa had a malfuntioning tandem main at Alabama Skydiving Center on Sunday. All three reserve canopies were last inspected and repacked by Kevin under the supervision of Mike. Nice job Kevin!

Kevin is also looking for local skydiving photos and stickers to add to the ASC After-Hours Open Bar. The photos will become a permanent fixture to the free outdoor bar open every Saturday night.

Don't forget about the $15 Wednesdays as well as the $15 early-bird jumps (before 10 a.m.) on Saturday and Sunday at ASC. See you this week!


Saturday, October 22, 2005

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